Permaul's best puts CC&C in a spin

Cave Hill, Barbados – Career-best bowling from Veerasammy Permaul overshadowed defiant batting from Nkrumah Bonner, as Guyana continued to chase their first victory ever against the Combined Campuses & Colleges in the WICB first-class championship.

Permaul took 6-39 from 26 overs to almost single-handedly bowl the CC&C out for 155 in their second innings about 20 minutes before the scheduled close on the rain-marred third day of their sixth round match at the 3Ws Oval. The left-arm spinner ended with match figures of 9-97. Bonner led the way for the CC&C with another resolute innings of 62 that included six boundaries from 131 balls in close to 2 ½ hours.

Guyana, chasing 200 for victory, reached 30-1 when bad light stopped play. Before the close, off-spinner Ryan Austin continued to terrorise regional batsmen, and had opener Rajendra Chandrika caught behind for four.

Permaul struck early, after the CCC started the day on 40-3, when he trapped Kyle Corbin lbw for seven, which took his aggregate of runs for the season to 502, and also had Romel Currency caught at forward short-leg for 28. CC&C were 69-5, but off-spinner Zaheer Mohammed grabbed two wickets to leave the home team wobbling on 105-7 at lunch. He trapped Floyd Reifer (20) and Jamal Smith (two) leg-begfore.

After the interval, Permaul continued to dominate the batsmen when he had Carlos Brathwaite caught at silly point for one, and held a return catch to dismiss Kevin McClean for a “duck”.

Bonner forged a face-saving partnership with Austin, and carried CC&C to 136-9, when rain stopped play, and prompted an early tea about half-hour earlier than scheduled.

Play did not resume until a little over two hours later, and Bonner passed the half-century mark for the third time this season. He and Austin put on 46 for the final wicket before he was bowled off the inside edge, attempting a big drive off fast bowler Ronsford Beaton.